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Tourism revenue increased 13% this February

albufeirabeachRevenue from tourism in Portugal increased in February this year to €677.5 million, a 13% increase over the same month in 2016, according to a statement issued by the Office of the Secretary of State for Tourism.

The Bank of Portugal data for the first two months of 2017 show total revenue at €1.362 billion, 15.2% above January and February last year.

The highest growth rates have been from Brazilians (+ 38.8%), Italians (+ 22.1%), American and Irish (+ 20.3%) and French (+14.9 %).

In overall terms, the UK market was the most important for tourism in February with Brits spending €114.9 million euros, followed by the Spanish (€111.3 million euros), the French (€102.5 million) and the Germans (€75.5 million).

For the first two months, compared to last year, the British are still ahead by spending €215.2 million, a growth of 11% over 2016. The French invasion is continuing with a spend of €212.3 million and a growth rate of 14%.

"These figures confirm the results released last week by the National Institute of Statistics and highlight the number of guests that, for the first time in February, exceeded 1 million, a remarkable feat for the low season," read the Secretary of State’s communication.

"In 2017, growth in tourism activity is occurring in all regions, with a notable increase in the Lisbon metropolitan area (16.2%), the Azores (14.2%) and in the Alentejo (11.5%)," read the document.

Whatever one's opinion on this barrage of statistics, be assured that 2017 is going to beat many records for both numbers and money spent.


+3 #1 Peter Booker 2017-04-21 08:17
You recently showed a table, Ed,which indicated that in 2016 there were 6.1 million British visitors to Portugal, and over 800,000 French visitors. So how are the French spending nearly as much as the British? Perhaps they are buying property, while the British are buying beer.

As the USA continues to attack countries in the Middle East, following its attacks on Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria etc etc and soon to be Iran, so the tourists will edge further and further westwards to keep out of trouble spots. I imagine that tourist numbers in Portugal will continue to rise, not because Portugal is doing anything right, but because the USA is doing everything wrong.